Lackey Free Clinic Begins Fundraising Drive

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From left to right: Cooks Shaw, Jim Shaw, Renee Bowditch, Rosemary Trible and Paul Trible pose at a Saturday gala at Christopher Newport University to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lackey Free Clinic.
From left to right: Cooka Shaw, Jim Shaw, Renee Bowditch, Rosemary Trible and Paul Trible pose at a Saturday gala at Christopher Newport University to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lackey Free Clinic. The Shaws started the clinic in 1995.

A York County clinic stands to benefit from a fundraising drive that began April 30 when a small group of donors pledged to match dollar for dollar all donations through June, up to a total of $300,000.

The drive was announced at a gala for Lackey Free Clinic’s 20th anniversary held at the end of April at Christopher Newport University. The clinic provides medical care to low-income and uninsured residents of Williamsburg, upper Newport News and James City and York counties.

“Most of our patients are working two or three jobs to make ends meet and are ineligible for insurance, but don’t qualify for coverage under current Medicaid programs,” Lackey Free Clinic Executive Director Carol Sale said in a news release.

The clinic is entirely funded by donations from charity, houses of worship, corporate and individual donors. It offers treatment to people between the ages of 18 and 64 who are uninsured and unable to gain coverage through Medicaid or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.

The fundraising drive runs through June 30. Funds raised by the drive will be used to help the clinic continue to treat its almost 1,600 patients with medical, dental, mental health and other health-related services. Its pharmacy annually fills prescriptions with a retail cost near $9 million.

The clinic recently completed a project to expand its building to 10,000 square feet. The clinic began in 1995 in the nearby Rising Sun Baptist Church before moving to its current building at 1620 Old Williamsburg Road in Lackey.

Since its inception, it has grown to feature 30 full- and part-time employees who are augmented by more than 200 volunteers.

To contribute to the fundraising drive, visit the clinic’s website or contact Director of Development Garvin Maffett at 886-0608 extension 251 or GMaffett@lackeyhealthcare.org.

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